David Reich

presents

Who We Are and How We Got Here:
Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past

This event includes a book signing

Date

Feb
27
Wednesday
February 27, 2019
6:00 PM

Location

Harvard Science Center
Hall C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

The Harvard University Division of Science, Cabot Science Library, and Harvard Book Store welcome eminent geneticist DAVID REICH—Harvard Medical School professor and one of the world’s leading pioneers in analyzing ancient human DNA—for a discussion of his latest book, Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past.

About Who We Are and How We Got Here

Geneticists like David Reich have made astounding advances in the field of genomics, which is proving to be as important as archeology, linguistics, and written records as a means to understand our ancestry. 
 
In Who We Are and How We Got Here, Reich allows readers to discover how the human genome provides not only all the information a human embryo needs to develop but also the hidden story of our species. Reich delves into how the genomic revolution is transforming our understanding of modern humans and how DNA studies reveal deep inequalities among different populations, between the sexes, and among individuals. Provocatively, Reich’s book suggests that there might very well be biological differences among human populations but that these differences are unlikely to conform to common stereotypes.
 
Drawing upon revolutionary findings and unparalleled scientific studies, Who We Are and How We Got Here is a captivating glimpse into humankind—where we came from and what that says about our lives today.

Praise

"Reich documents an extraordinary moment in the history of science . . . A potential political bombshell." —Wall Street Journal

"The work in [Reich's] lab has reshaped our understanding of human prehistory . . . He and his colleagues have shed light on the peopling of the planet and the spread of agriculture, among other momentous events." Carl Zimmer, New York Times

"Remarkable . . . Spectacular . . . In making constant new discoveries about humanity, Reich and his Harvard team are now plunging into uncharted academic waters . . . Reich’s influence in this field has been immense and the output of his department monumental. . .  . Thrilling in its clarity and its scope." —Guardian

David Reich
David Reich

David Reich

David Reich, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, is one of the world’s leading pioneers in analyzing ancient human DNA. In a 2015 article in Nature, he was named one of ten people who matter in all of the sciences for his contribution to transforming ancient DNA data "from niche pursuit to industrial process." Awards he has received include the Newcomb Cleveland Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Dan David Prize in the Archaeological and Natural Sciences.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Mitchell

 
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Harvard Science Center
Hall C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

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